Here is a brief summary of Spring Bear Hunts, as told by hunters.
As for my experience, I’ll tell you this was by far the BEST outfitter hunt I’ve ever participated IN! Everything from accommodations, to Mel’s fabulous meals, the willingness of Greg and Darcy to just make everything as hunter friendly as possible and the new friendships we established was just top rate. I harvested a 17 5/8 inch boar on the first evening (probably around 250 lbs.) and saw a total of 10 different bears for the week. Of course we were all looking to top Tim’s first evening bear, a 19 1/2 inch, 400+ lbs MONSTER. I was startled the last evening of the hunt in “Beans’ Blind” when a small bear climbed the ladder as I was holding on another bear on the bait. Oh well, next year will be another great year I’m sure, we’re all looking forward to returning next year.
We certainly appreciated the hunts, the experiences, the stories developed and the friendships established between everybody. I’ll certainly pass on your website as a favorite although I’m not real happy with letting the secret out just how great an experience it really was, Thanks again! –Bill Davis
Me and Wesley both had a good hunt and saw a lot of bears. The first day we were there we saw bear and some each day. The first day I saw a good color phase bear but he didn’t give me a good shot and the next day he came back and I got him. That same afternoon, Wesley got a good black bear. The next afternoon I didn’t see a bear in the stand but Wesley got a color phase bear. Wesley sat with me the next afternoon and saw one good bear but he had began to rub and some of his hair was rubbed off so I let him go. The next day we sat together (Wesley is filming for me) we saw 8 bear, I let a good boar go. Later on in the afternoon he came back and we decided to go ahead and take him. Now we both tagged out and had a couple days left. We saw two different sows with cubs (3 each), the cubs looked healthy and in good shape. Only saw 2 color phase bears, the ones we took, but saw between 12-20 bears. There seems to be bears around all the stands and everyone should tag out. I sent some pictures of the bears we got. I got about 4-5 people wanting to go now. –Steve Bigham
I had an awesome hunt/adventure. I personally saw 22 different bears and harvested two excellent ones for myself. I was tagged out by Thursday night. The first was not a large bear, but had a perfect coat, which was what my wife wanted for her rug. It’s skull green-scored 16 7/8″. My second bear was a brute and green-scored 19 1/2″. I saw one color phase (blonde/choc mix) while doing a bait run with Darcy and another right outside camp early one morning as I walked out of my tent. One of the other hunters in camp harvested a nice blonde also. His dad Steve took two bears also (17 5/8″ and 19 1/8″) Greg/Darcy and Mel were outstanding. I can’t think of a better group of guys to be in a hunting camp with. I hunted 3 stand sites and saw multiple bears every night I sat. I just wish I was more of a wordsmith to be able to describe what an unbelievable time we had. It was everything and more we could have expected. We wanted an adventure and we got it. This was definitely a memory of a lifetime. –Mike Giangreco
I can’t even begin to explain what a wonderful time I had. I was a little concerned about having too high of expectations and being let down. Well, that was not the case at all. My expectations were not only met but were exceeded. I ended up with two nice bears and that in itself would have been enough. I feel like Steve and I didn’t just go on a fantastic hunt, but we felt as if we were hunting with guys that we had known for years. It wasn’t a couple of guides and a cook at camp, it was a couple of buddies that we bonded with. I saw approximately 12 bears. I harvested one on the second night that had a beautiful coat with a perfect white “V” on her chest. It was exactly what I wanted even though it was only a 16 1/2″. That’s the one that I wanted no matter what. The 3rd and 4th night I was skunked again. No bears, but not at all discouraged. On the 6th night I harvested a 17 1/8″ boar. With all that being said, Greg, Mel, and Darcy were awesome and the hunt was great. Thank you for everything and I hope this is not the last adventure with you… I’ve attached a couple of pictures, enjoy. Thanks again for everything. –Raymond Maddox
It was a great trip. Bears, I saw about 17 bears in 6 days. I shot two bears (nice size, nice fur). Both were P&Y record book bears! Camp, great camp!!!!!! Almost too much luxury (wooden floor, electricity, warm shower). Bait sites/guiding… Very well maintained bait sites, lots of food for the bears. Bait sites looked after regularly. Greg and Darcy and Mel made every effort for us to have a great hunt!!!!! You can give my email address to potential clients (especially from Europe), I will recommend you strongly! –Lorenz (Switzerland)